Dick MacPherson, a College Football Hall of Famer best known for his 10 year run at Syracuse, has passed away. He was 86 years old.
MacPherson coached Syracuse to a record of 66-46-4 from 1981-1990, turning around a struggling program and bringing them as high as No. 4 in the country.
His 1987 team went 11-0, earning a Sugar Bowl berth in which the Orangemen battled No. 6 Auburn to a 16-16 tie.
Before taking over at Syracuse, MacPherson coached UMass for seven years. He left Central New York to coach the New England Patriots for two seasons.
Syracuse.com‘s Chris Carlson first broke the news, which has been confirmed by Syracuse athletics.
Saddened to hear of the passing of the legendary Coach Mac pic.twitter.com/bXSFHCFyEg
— Syracuse Athletics (@Cuse) August 8, 2017
MacPherson was inducted to the College Football Hall of Fame in 2009. After the undefeated 1987 season, he took home a number of awards, including the AFCA Coach of the Year, Paul “Bear Bryant” Award, and the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year award.
Our thoughts go out to the MacPherson family, and the Syracuse community.